I really loved my Grandma and Grandpa Schuller, and I also really loved spending time at their house. In fact, some of my fondest memories revolve around family gatherings in that special place, and it was a source of major sadness when they both passed away and the property was sold. Worse yet, their belongings were listed in an online auction, so even family members had to pay for the things they wanted. As you can imagine, it felt strange to spend money buying back their stuff, but there were a couple items I knew I needed to have. One was a VHS tape of my grandpa giving a Christmas sermon in the Soviet Union, and since the ministry didn’t have a copy, I felt like obtaining it was the right thing to do. The other was a Horatio Alger statue that was bestowed on him in 1989 to recognize his rise from humble roots. I knew this particular award meant a lot to my dad, so I bought it and gave it to him for Christmas. And while I thought I wasn’t going to have anything tangible from their residence to keep for myself, unbeknownst to me, my friend Chad Blake bid on the knocker that once adorned their front door and surprised me with it. Of course, talking about this evokes a sense of melancholy, but I’m sharing these memories to emphasize that though the end of their earthly journey was bittersweet, my grandparents’ Heavenly home is far greater than anything I can fathom. Unlike worldly treasures that are fleeting, the unfading grandeur of God’s Kingdom is theirs — and ours — to enjoy for eternity. If we’ve called Jesus our Lord, we are the highest bidders, and by His blood, we’ve inherited the entire estate!
My friend, if you’re grappling with the sting of grief, look forward to being in the presence of your Savior. While it’s painful to mourn something or someone you held dear, there is coming a day when everything lost will be restored, and with more. In Christ, you are the benefactor of an inheritance so magnificent that your mind can’t even conceive of its glory. And though you taste and see glimpses of it through Spirit eyes today, once you pass into your Heavenly home, resurrection life will be yours to enjoy for the rest of eternity!